The best Windows tablets 2023: all of the top Windows tablets reviewed

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The best Windows tablets give you the best of both worlds and double the functionality of a laptop or a tablet. They may not be as popular as their Apple counterparts, but they offer more performance and versatility than you would expect, some capable enough to see you through most of your day-to-day computing, others powerful enough to handle creative workloads.

Whether you're looking for a more portable alternative to the best laptops or something more robust than regular tablets and can do more than stream Netflix, play Candy Crush, and connect with friends on social media, you might find these Window tablets to be a more ideal choice for you. They offer a nice balance between portability and power, giving them an advantage over those aforementioned devices..

We've tested our share of Windows tablets, from the budget models to the new Surface Pro 9, putting them through their paces. And we're here to help you find the best ones by gathering them all here. 

No matter if you’re looking for a tablet with a keyboard or are working with a smaller budget, a Windows tablet might be the right device for all your computing needs. Here are the best Windows tablets right now.

The best Windows tablets 2023

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The best Windows tablet overall

Specifications

CPU: Up to 11th-gen Intel Core i7
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe Graphics
RAM: Up to 32GB LPDDR4x
Screen: 13-inch PixelSense Flow display
Storage: Up to 1TB

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Faster processors
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Gorgeous new design

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More expensive

The Surface Pro 8 is the best Surface in years, boasting a much-improved design and, of course, more powerful and faster internals. Microsoft also apparently put a lot of effort into re-engineering its internals, so it could configure the processor with a higher TDP than past versions of the tablet. 

Granted, the higher price of entry is going to get in the way for some, being higher than its predecessor. However, you're going to get your money's worth as there are other things to love here as well – including its two Thunderbolt 4 ports, 2-in-1 design, and bigger screen with a 120Hz refresh rate.

All that allows its to rise above its predecessor, and makes it one of the best Windows tablets for illustrators, graphic artists, other creative professionals, and coders. For professionals and students who can maximize its design and features, it’s well worth the money. This is the best Windows tablet overall.

Read our full Surface Pro 8 review

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The best budget Windows tablet

Specifications

CPU: Up to 10th Gen Intel Core i3-10100Y
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 615
RAM: 4GB or 8GB LPDDR3
Screen: 10.5-inch PixelSense display
Storage: 64 GB eMMC – 128 GB SSD

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Excellent webcam
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Lightweight and easy to carry

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Super short battery life

The successor to the Surface Go 2 might not be as powerful as many had hoped it would be. However, for fans of the tablet line, the Surface Go 3 is still a capable and affordable prospect. 

There are compromises made here, but it also has the best webcam at this price, which makes it great for keeping in touch with family and friends. Video calls are a huge part of all our lives these days to be sure, with a lot of people now working from home, and Microsoft has knocked it out of the park here. This is the one area that the Surface Go 3 truly excels at its price point. 

Its performance might not be the most powerful Windows tablet in the world, but again, its price is more than appealing for most people. If you don’t need a whole lot of power anyway, it’s a terrific, money-saving choice.

Read our full Surface Go 3 review

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A versatile Windows 10 tablet that moonlights as a powerful laptop

Specifications

CPU: Up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8650U
Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Screen: 13-inch QHD+ 3k (3,000 x 2,000) IPS multi-touch
Storage: Up to 1 TB PCIe SSD
Connectivity: Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 8265 (2 x 2), Up to Bluetooth 4.1 with vPro
Camera: 8MP rear-facing, 2MP front-facing
Weight: 1.69 pounds (890g), 2.79 pounds (1.27kg) with keyboard
Size: 11.96 x 8.88 x 0.59 inches with keyboard

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Great design and build quality
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ThinkPad Pen Pro included
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Vivid 13-inch 3K touchscreen

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life is still limiting
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Bulkier than the Surface Pro

Touted by Lenovo as ‘an IT admin’s dream,’ the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet indeed offers many of the makings of such a device. That includes dual Thunderbolt ports for faster data transfers, Windows Hello login via fingerprint reader, and the optional IR camera for a more secure login and Microsoft AutoPilot readiness. 

And, that’s without mentioning the SSD and battery that are field serviceable so that you can get a certified technician to come to you if you need parts replaced. But that’s not all; it’s also got a light and sleek chassis, and it comes with the ThinkPad Pen Pro, which means it’s great value all around.

On test, we found it to be a truly flexible tool for the mobile worker, powerful and fairly robust. Meanwhile, that 3K display is dazzlingly crisp and bright. The battery  still struggles to last a full day of intense use, but it's improved over the previous generation.

Read our full Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet review

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An excellent work companion with day-beating battery life

Specifications

CPU: Microsoft SQ 3 CPU
Graphics: Microsoft SQ® 3 Adreno™ 8CX Gen 3
Screen: 13-inch 2880 X 1920p 10-point multi-touch
Storage: Up to 512GB SSD
Connectivity: 802.11ax compatible Bluetooth 5.1, NanoSim and eSim support
Camera: 10MP rear-facing, front-facing with 1080p video
Weight: 1.95 pounds (883g)
Size: 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.37 inches

Reasons to buy

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Excellent design
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Big, responsive screen
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Great battery life

Reasons to avoid

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ARM introduces some system compatibility and stability issues
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You'll pay extra for the keyboard and pen

The Surface Pro 9 5G moves Microsoft's Surface line in the right direction. During our testing, we found its bigger screen, nested and slim pencil, and day-beating battery life to tick off many things we want from a Windows tablet. Combine those with its well-performing system, and you've got a capable device that will see you through your day-to-day. On top of that, Windows 11 running on the ARM-based SQ3 is mostly good.

There are still hiccups, however, with ARM still seeing system compatibility and stability issues like weird screen glitches, the Edge browser constantly crashing, and the Adobe Creative Cloud bug preventing us to run Adobe Photoshop CC 2023. If you're looking for something for productivity or content creation, we'd go with the Intel-powered model, which we're in the process of reviewing.

If not, this latest addition to the Surface Pro line is pretty great. It's certainly among the best Windows laptops right now.

Read our full Surface Pro 9 5G review 

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An older yet still excellent premium option

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i5-7Y54
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 615
RAM: 4GB
Screen: 10.8” QHD (2560 x 1600) IPS touchscreen – 10.8” FHD (1920 x 1080) Flexible E Ink Mobius touchscreen
Storage: 256 GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Very thin and light
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Gorgeous main display
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E Ink screen works well

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive
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Low on RAM

The Lenovo Yoga Book C930 is a truly innovative 2-in-1 laptop, with a second E Ink display that moonlights as a keyboard, a pad for making notes and drawing, and a traditional E Ink reader for viewing documents. It's perhaps this second stunning screen that's the biggest selling point of the Lenovo Yoga Book C930. 

However, it isn’t the only selling point. The fact that it's thin and light makes it an excellent tablet as well. During testing, it performed well for day-to-day tasks. We also found that Windows 10 works great on it on the whole. It also racked up a decent 7 hours and 58 minutes in our battery test

Just keep in mind, however, that this isn’t one of those workhorses for video editing. However, for less demanding creative tasks like sketching, it should work beautifully. If you're looking for a laptop that doubles as a tablet and a drawing pad, this innovative 2-in-1 laptop is an ace in our book. 

Read our full Lenovo Yoga Book C930 review

Michelle Rae Uy
Buying Guides Editor

Michelle Rae Uy is the Buying Guides Editor here at TechRadar. She's a Los Angeles-based tech, travel and lifestyle writer covering a wide range of topics, from computing to the latest in green commutes to the best hiking trails. She's an ambivert who enjoys communing with nature and traveling for months at a time just as much as watching movies and playing sim games at home. That also means that she has a lot more avenues to explore in terms of understanding how tech can improve the different aspects of our lives.